Last year I got a big surprise at the beginning of the winter meeting circuit. The University of Illinois’ new AgMaster program sent me home thinking outside of the box. The handbook that came with the conference has stayed within constant reach on all year and nearly every page is dog eared. Of all the meetings I went to last year, it was by far the most valuable.
As a point of full disclosure, I am an Illinois alum. However, when it comes to meetings, travel budgets and time make me a discriminating consumer. This conference goes beyond state borders to bring experts. In addition to a couple of current issue general lectures, 12 advanced sessions break the crowd into classroom size sessions that will be limited to 40 students. Bring your thinking cap because instructors have been encouraged to limit the lecture and get down to frank and open discussion.
Thinking of making plant population or row spacing changes? Are you worried about resistant weeds? Learn the latest in new seed treatments. Are you utilizing new technologies that reduce spray drift? Each registrant can choose from up to six advanced sessions that address these and other issues.
Registration is open for the event to be held Dec. 2 and 3 at the University of Illinois I Hotel and Conference Center. Don’t wait because participation is limited to 160 people. Sign up by Nov. 17 to get the $300 fee. Conference information and registration can be found at: http://www.cropsciconferences.org/